I just love this Summer of Love Dress! And I know that I say this with each new design, but I really love my makes and this is why I am sharing them with you.

But there are a few more reasons why I love this particular design:

It’s because it’s made out of leftover yarn and this is really important for me! When I first started to crochet I was always using left-overs or even undo one project to use the yarn for another one. And this was because I didn’t have money to spend on yarn! Now I am lucky that I can ask for yarn and there are a few brands who gave me yarn for free to work with it and show it to the world.

But even so, I still don’t want to let that left-over sit in there in one box, while I can use it! I don’t like wasting a good yarn, just because I have only one skein or not even a full skein. So, every time, with every season, I am trying to create something using what I have! And the feeling at the end is so worth it! 

A second reason why I love this dress is because of the creation process. When I start to work on a project like this, I am not planning anything from the beginning. I don’t know what it should be, or how I will place the colors. Everything is coming while working and this truly let my creativity explode as she wants, with no barriers, or at least I don’t feel any barriers. 

While the creation process was so nice and everything worked smoothly and enjoyable, I can’t say the same about the pattern writing. I am always thinking, why a project that is so simple to make, has to be so difficult to put in words!?

You will find below enough information that will help you to make this dress, but if you want the step-by-step instructions, row by row, with stitch count you will find the pdf version in my shops. 

What you will find in the PDF. version:

  • Step by step instructions for sizes from S up to 5XL
  • crochet charts for each size 
  • information about how to make this dress according to your yarn weight, gauge, and body shape

You can Purchase the easily printable PDF pattern, with step by step instructions, stitch and row counts from S up to 5XL sizes here:

Here are the materials I used to make this dress:

This pattern requires double crochet, single crochet, and chain stitches, increasing in double crochet stitch.

The Dress has a top-down construction and negative ease of about 6 cm around the bust circumference. The Dress has a straight-line shape, but you will find in this pattern instructions how you can adjust the dress design according to different body shapes.

The Dress is worked in stripes, alternating colors, and stitch patterns.

MEASUREMENTS AND SIZES

This Summer of Love Dress is the first design in a long time that is not oversized and has actually a negative ease. 

 Final measurements of the Summer of Love Dress are listed below:

Neckline a: 21 cm (22, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 27)

Cross Back b: 31 cm (33, 35, 37, 37, 39, 49, 40)

Bust Width c:  39 cm (45, 49, 54, 58, 63, 67.5, 72.5)

Armhole Depth d: 24 cm (27, 27, 30, 30, 33, 33, 33)

Armpit Length d: 69 cm (69, 69, 69, 69, 69, 69, 69)

How much Yarn do you need?

As I said, I used to make this Dress left-over yarn, and unfortunately, it was difficult to identify how much yarn I used from each color. So below you will find the total amount of yarn needed for this dress.

Fingering Cotton S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL 5XL
50g/150 m 7 7 8 9 10 10 11 12
Meters 960 1050 1140 1245 1360 1480 1620 1760

I used eight different colors, but adjust the pattern on your taste to more or fewer colors.

 STITCH PATTERN AND TECHNIQUES

The stitch pattern of the Dress is compound from double crochet rows/rounds and Paris Stitch rounds.

Paris Stitch

*the written pattern below of the Paris Stitch is valid for this particular design.

When is worked flat

Row 1: 1dc in first 2 sts, skip next st, (2dc, 2ch, 1sc) in the next st, *skip next 2sts, (2dc, 2ch, 1sc) in the next st*. Repeat from * to * for the rest of the row. Finish the row with skip 1st, 2dc in last 2 sts. 2ch and turn.

Row 2: 1dc in first 2dc, (2dc, 2ch, 1sc) in each of the 2ch-sp. Finish the row with 1dc in the last 2 sts. 2ch and turn.

Rep. Row 2 for the indicated number of rows.

When is worked in the round

Round 1: 3ch, (1dc, 2ch, 1sc) in the same st as 3ch, skip next 2 sts, *(2dc, 2ch, 1sc) in the next st, skip next 2 sts*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Close the round with sl st in the 3rd st of the starting ch. Turn

Round 2: Start the round into the first 2ch-sp 9slip st in first sc and into the 2ch-sp)

3ch, (1dc, 2ch, 1sc) in the first 2ch-sp, *(2dc, 2ch, 1sc) in each 2ch-sp. Close the round with sl st into the 3rd st of the starting chain.

The repeated pattern for this particular dress design is:

R1 – R2: Paris Stitch (using color 1) – Mint

R3 – R5: Double Crochet (using color 2) – Teal

R6 – R9: Double Crochet (using color 3) – Light Brown

R10 – R11: Paris Stitch (Using color 4) – Red

R12 – R13: Paris Stitch Using Color 5) – Pink

R14 – R17: Double crochet (Using Color 6) – Dark Grey

R18-R21: Double Crochet (Using Color 7) – Light Yellow

R22 – R23: Paris Stitch (Using Color 8) – Light Grey

R24 – R25: Paris Stitch (Using Color 6) – Dark Grey

Below you can see the Color Chart:

You can Purchase the easily printable PDF pattern, with step by step instructions, stitch and row counts from S up to 5XL sizes here:

 

Feel Free to alternate any colors you have and the different pattern rows as well.

 I know that our bodies are different and we’re not “standard” and this is why I wanted to give you information about how you can make this according to your body shapes, with your yarn weight and tension.

I found the information below so valuable and I hope you will find it too!

You can Purchase the easily printable PDF pattern, with step by step instructions, stitch and row counts from S up to 5XL sizes here:

How to adjust the pattern to your measurements, yarn, and tension:

  • Make a swatch in double crochet and measure your gauge.
  • Measure cross back and calculate the needed number of sts; make sure you will have a multiple of 3+1 sts.
  • Next, measure the bust circumference and calculate Bust Width (divide by 2)
  • Measure armhole depth and calculate how many rows you will need.
  • According to your gauge, you know now the needed number of sts, to start with, how many rows you have to work to reach the armpit and how many sts you will need for the bust width.
  • Next, calculate how many sts you will need to increase (Bust sts – Cross Back Sts); divide the result by 2 to know how many sts you will need to increase on the left and right.
  • Divide the number of increased sts at the number of rows; I suggest leaving a few rows without increasing as the increased section has to line underarm.
  • If you need extra sts to add after making the increases, you can add an armpit chain to join the back and front panels.
  • For the front panel, work the first few rows (3 rows in my case) just in the shoulder sts
  • Then connect the shoulders with a ch that has to be as long as the rest of the sts (cross back – shoulders)
  • Next, repeat the same pattern as for the back panel.
  • After you complete the back and front panel, join the sides and start working in the rounds to reach the desired length.

Adding extra stitches for waist and/or hips

  • If you need to add extra width for your waist or hips, measure the most significant part of your body and calculate how many sts you will need.
  • Next, calculate how many extra sts you will need to add (biggest part sts – Bust circ. sts)
  • Divide those sts you will need to add at the number of rounds you need to increase: section from under bust to waist or section from waist to hips).

Use the same method if you want an A-line shape dress:

  • Measure the desired width at the bottom of the Dress.
  • Calculate how many sts you will need.
  • Calculate how many extra sts you will need (bottom sts – bust sts)
  • Divide the number of extra sts to the number of rounds needed to get to the desired length to see with how many sts you will have to increase per round
  • You don’t have to increase on each round.

I hope you will find this information useful, and you will try to use it and design/make your perfect fit Summer of Love Dress. 

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